George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

I found this lovely gem in my reader this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. The whole article (found at the bottom of A Pilgrim in Narnia's post) is worth reading, but here are a few favorite quotes: "To be able to live a moment in an imagined world, we must … Continue reading George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it's nice to know that the characters you've read about succeed. When you've invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they've sought for so long, but I don't like false endings. … Continue reading How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Widget Images Are Here!

So I recently had a suggestion that I create image widgets about my book coaching so they can be put in sidebars, so I did. Thanks, Trix!   You're welcome to copy them and post them on your own site, Facebook, etc. Thank you all so much for your interest and support! Copyright 2017 Andrea … Continue reading Widget Images Are Here!

God as Mercy…and Judgment

Today marks the start of a new venture…a new blog, devoted to more explicitly Christian writings, Bible studies, etc. I’ll still be writing about writing here at Into the Writerlea, but discussions of scripture can be found at the new blog. Enjoy!

The Ways of Mercy

If you had to sum up what God is like as found in the Bible, I think the most fitting term would be mercy.

First Chronicles 16:34 says, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.” The Hebrew word for mercy is often translated as lovingkindness, goodness, and faithfulness. Psalm 13:5 says, “I trust in your lovingkindness. My heart rejoices in your salvation” and Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the Lord’s house forever.”

In Psalm 25:6-7, David writes, “Lord, remember your tender mercies and your lovingkindness. For they are from old times. Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your lovingkindness, For your goodness’ sake, Lord.”

IMG_0411But what about judgment? 

If God is so merciful, why is there so…

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A to Z 2017: Reflections

My A-Z Blogging theme was to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. Overall, it went better than I expected, especially since I had to write a fiction section and a nonfiction, reflection section for every post (and I had none of them done ahead of time...what was I thinking?).     The biggest change … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Reflections

A to Z 2017: ClosingZ

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: ClosingZ

A to Z 2017: Happy Ending

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Happy Ending

A to Z 2017: Deus ex machina

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Deus ex machina

A to Z 2017: Wonder

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Wonder